The priests and parishioners of Trinity Church Wall Street welcomed four new people into our community on Sunday, May 1.
Poppy Rohde and Andrew Sidney Thomas Byers received the sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday, May 1 at the 9:15am Family Service, thus becoming the first two persons ever baptized in Trinity’s new Parish Hall.
A couple of hours later Georgia Brooks Kleinschmidt and Olivia Louise Parker received the sacrament inside Trinity Church.
In all four cases, the Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles and the Rev. Elizabeth Blunt teamed up to complete the sacred ritual, pouring the water of baptism over the child and then marking the forehead with holy oil. Then Mother Kristin asked the congregation:
“Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?”
And the congregation answered, “We will,” then recited the Baptismal Covenant.
As is the new custom at Trinity, all persons who are baptized receive a candle hand-painted by a member of the congregation, a candle to be lighted each year on the anniversary of their baptism.